In Victory (1915) Conrad returns to the Malay Archipelago, to the setting of his first mature novel, Lord Jim, and in Axel Heyst he creates a hero who is in many ways similar to Jim, a noble altruist destroyed by his ideals. Heyst is emotionally crippled by the influence of his dead father, a sceptical philosopher who has bequeathed to Heyst an attitude to life summed up in the father's dying words: 'Look on - make no sound.' Despite this injunction Heyst allows himself to become inextricably involved with an English Cockney girl whom he rescues from Giancomo's Travelling Ladies' Orchestra and carries off to his isolated retreat on the island of Samburan. His action incurs the fatal wrath of Schomberg, the island's innkeeper, who sends in pursuit of Heyst three demonic strangers whose invasion of his island paradise leads rapidly to the novel's violent and tragic close.
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That's coming down pretty low for a man who turned up his nose at my table-d'
hôte!” He winked with immense malice. A bell started ringing, and he led the way
to the dining-room as if into a temple, very grave, with the air of a benefactor of ...
Not a soul was in sight, not even a China boy—nothing but a lot of painted iron
chairs and tables. Solitude, shade, and gloomy ... The middle of the day, table d'
hôte tiffin once over, was Schomberg's easy time. He lounged out, portly, ...
... the director, the fellow with the black beard, and a hardbitten, oldish woman
who took the piano and was understood to be the fellow's wife. This was not a
very satisfactory result. Davidson stayed on, and even joined the table d'hôte
And there were several men on the verandah, steady customers of Schomberg's
table d'hôte, gazing in his direction—at the ladies of the orchestra, in fact. Heyst's
dread arose, not out of shame or timidity, but from his fastidiousness. On getting ...
The Schomberg of a few years ago—the Schomberg of the Bangkok days, for
instance, when he started the first of his famed table-d'hôte dinners—would never
have risked anything of the sort. His genius ran to catering, “white man for white ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DanielSTJ - www.librarything.com
Conrad managed to develop characters, imperfect, that all drove themselves forward on their own agendas to the story's conclusion- facilitating and enabling it along the way. He manages to keep the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Cecrow - www.librarything.com
In the first part we get an outsider's view of Axel Heyst's character, actions and motives without being certain who he is or what actually drives him. I found this off-putting until the second part ... Read full review